Sonic Youth is my favorite rock band. I have loved them for over a decade, own almost their entire discography in at least one format and credit them for introducing me to experimental music. Given this, it should come as no surprise that they are tied to my favorite recipe for homemade tacos.

This recipe comes from Sonic Youth member Kim Gordon, who claims to have eaten these tacos as a struggling art school student. Since this can be made without the use of an oven or range, I would say it is perfect for students who want a delicious meal without breaking the bank or spending hours in the kitchen.

The recipe provided below is more or less her original recipe with a few twists I have found to have worked when making these tacos myself.


  • 1 can of solid white albacore tuna in water
  • 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise (add more to your preference)
  • ¼ cup of chopped green onions (about one hearty stalk)
  • ¼ cup of minced pickled jalapeños
  • Juice of ½ a lime or lemon (I like lime for this dish)
  • 3 small corn tortillas
  • ½ tablespoon of salted butter
  • 3 handfuls of watercress
  • Green hot sauce of your choosing (optional)


Drain tuna, chop green onion roughly and carefully mince pickled jalapeño (I accidentally sliced my finger once while haphazardly mincing an onion so be cautious). Put all of that in your favorite mixing bowl along with the mayo and lemon/lime juice. Give it a nice thorough mixing and then set it aside.

Give it a nice thorough mixing and then set it aside. While the flavors in the bowl are meshing, get the tortillas and warm them up on a range or by putting them into a microwave for 30 seconds on high. After they are warmed up, quickly grab the butter and evenly spread it onto the tortillas (this is crucial because without the butter the tortillas will be drier than a British comedian performing stand-up in Death Valley).

At this point, you can add a drizzle of green hot sauce onto the tacos to spice them up, just enough to give them a little kick (I usually use good ol’ green Tabasco sauce, nothing fancy). Finally, put a good handful of watercress on each taco. It is important get at least one full serving of vegetables while eating these tacos. Finally, enjoy.

Musical pairing: Sonic Youth’s 1992 album Dirty

This is a great album for listeners wanting to get into Sonic Youth who are apprehensive about their reputation for crafting long, drawn-out atonal squalls of electric guitar. It is still overflowing with cascades of distortion on some tracks, but the songs take standard verse-chorus-verse structures and are reigned in to an average of five minutes. This is due largely to the guiding hand of producer Butch Vig–known for his work producing such classics as Nirvana’s Nevermind and Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dream.



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